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The history of Columbia County, Wisconsin, containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources; an extensive and minute sketch of its cities, towns and villages--their improvements, industries, manufactories, churches, schools and societies; its war record, biographical sketches, portraits of prominent men and early settlers; the whole preceded by a history of Wisconsin, statistics of the state, and an abstract of its laws and constitution and of the constitution of the United States

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Page [ii]

 HE object of this work is to place upon record in a reliable manner and
in a permanent
       form, whatever incidents of importance have transpired within the
limits of Columbia
 County since its first settlemen~t. A§ preliminary to this, a brief
history of Wisconsin is
 given, including, respectively, the Antiquities of the State; an account
of its Indian tribesa
 sketch of pre-Territorial times; an outline of Wisconsin when a Territory
; and a narrative of
 each Administration since the admission of the State into the Union.   This
is followed by arti-
 cles on the Topography and Geology of the State; on its Climatology ;. on
its Trees, Shrubs,
 and Vines: on the Fauna of Wisconsin; on the Educational Interests of the
State; on its
 Agriculture, Mineral Resources, and Railroads; on Lumber Manufacture, Banking,
 and Manufactures; and on the Public Domain and Health.    These are from
the pens of able
 and well-known Wisconsin writers. Following these articles, are Statistics
of the State, and
 an Abstract .of its Laws and Constitution, and of the Constitution of the
United States.
     In the history of the county, facts and figures, incidents and reminiscences,
anecdotes and
 sketches are given, with a variety and completeness, it is thought, commensurate
with their
 importance.  This has necessitated, on the part of *the editor-in-chief
and his assistants, a per-
 severing effort; but their labor has been cheered by the cordial assistance
and good will of
 many friends to the enterprise within the county, to all of whom grateful
 are tendered.  They have enabled us to give to the present generation a
valuable reflex, it is
 believed, of the times and deeds of pioneer days, and to erect to pioneer
imen and women of
 Columbia County a lasting monument. We desire, also, to express our sincere
thanks to Prof.
 R. D. liVING, of the University of Wisconsin, for assistance rendered in
furnishing articles
 tupon the geology of the county and its various towns; and to the officers
of the State Historical
 Society for numerous favors received at their hands.
     JuLY, 11880.                                                       
      W. H. CO.
      118 AND 1)20 MONIRO. 3 'TFVF'.

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